God in our Daily Lives
January 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
On Monday, I ran across part of Pope Benedict’s message from the beginning of Advent 2009. It refers to the liturgical season of Advent specifically, but is an excellent reminder for daily life as well:
The meaning of the expression “advent”…includes that of visitatio, which simply and specifically means “visit”; in this case it is a question of a visit from God: He enters my life and wishes to speak to me. In our daily lives we all experience having little time for the Lord and also little time for ourselves. We end by being absorbed in “doing”. Is it not true that activities often absorb us and that society with its multiple interests monopolizes our attention? It is not true that we devote a lot of time to entertainment and to various kinds of amusement? At times we get carried away. [We are invited] to pause in silence to understand a presence. It is an invitation to understand that the individual events of the day are hints that God is giving us, signs of the attention He has for each one of us. How often does God give us a glimpse of His love! To keep, as it were, an “interior journal” of this love would be a beautiful and salutary task for our life! Advent invites and stimulates us to contemplate the Lord present. Should not the certainly of His presence help us see the world with different eyes? Should it not help us to consider the whole of our life as a “visit”, as a way in which He can come to us and become close to us in every situation?